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Youth Training for Bike Ride
Wednesday, 23 September 2009

September 24--  Four young men at the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia are almost ready to hit the road for the home's annual 600 hundred mile bike ride.


READY TO RIDE - (L-R) Paul Anderson Youth Home residents Trippe, Christian, Mark and Jonathan hope they can raise $84,000 for the home on the annual Cycle Challenge.

The eight-day trek starts in Atlanta and goes north to Rome, east to Athens, south to Savannah and then back home to Vidalia.

The oldest of the group is Trippe, a 21-year-old from Montgomery, Alabama who's headed to the U.S. Marines after graduation from the home.  "I was here last year but didn't get to go, but I heard a lot of good things about it, about how encouraging it was and how you felt like you accomplished something, so I decided to take up the challenge," he said.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Mark believes they're physically ready for the ride, "About three times a week we bike 15 to 40 miles and on the weekends we ride more than that, so we're ready for it," he says.

A third rider, Christian, says the trip also requires some mental toughness, "I just say to myself not to give up and to keep going on."

And Jonathan, a 17-year-old from nearby Dublin, is looking forward to the challenge, "It's 600 miles and that's something I've never done before and I'm happy to be able to do it," he says. 

The bike ride has a connection to the late founder of the youth home.  Paul Anderson first started raising money on a bike ride 48 years ago and got his first contribution from Treutt Cathy who had just opened his first Chic Filet restaurant in Atlanta.  The boys will start their ride October 1st with a send-off from Chic Filet headquarters.

When it starts, you can track the ride in real time at www.payh.org/bikeride.


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